Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Awards $10 Million to Fox Chase Cancer Center for Development Project
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (center) presented Fox Chase Cancer Center with $10 million for phase I of the Center's long-term expansion plan. Also shown are (from left) Mayor John F. Street; Fox Chase Cancer Center president Dr. Robert C. Young; Fox Chase board member David G. Marshall (to right of Gov. Rendell); and Fox Chase board chairman William J. Avery.
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (center) presented Fox Chase Cancer Center with $10 million for phase I of the Center's long-term expansion plan. Also shown with the supersized check are (from left) Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street; Fox Chase Cancer Center president Dr. Robert C. Young, Fox Chase board member David G. Marshall and Fox Chase board chairman William J. Avery.
The presentation took place Sept. 13 during a special ceremony in the Mayor's Reception Hall, where Governor Rendell awarded a total of $78 million to 16 Philadelphia organizations for community and economic-development projects. Fox Chase received one of the three highest grants, along with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. These three institutions are working "to find a cancer cure ranging from our youngest child to our senior citizens," Gov. Rendell said.
To maintain its quality as one of the nation's leading comprehensive cancer centers, Fox Chase needs to double its facilities over the next 20 years. The expansion will start with a five-story Cancer Research Pavilion and supporting 600-car garage, adding a total of 300,000 square feet and renovating an additional 20,000 square feet of existing space. In addition to research laboratories, the new pavilion will expand facilities for clinical exams, treatment and support services. Already the second-largest employer in Northeast Philadelphia, Fox Chase is now poised to become the largest. By 2008, Fox Chase will add at least 350 jobs at the Center and a total of over 750 in the region, generating $40 million more in city wage taxes.
Fox Chase Cancer Center was founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as the nation's first cancer hospital. In 1974, Fox Chase became one of the first institutions designated as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. Fox Chase conducts basic, clinical, population and translational research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at www.fccc.edu.
Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase also was among the first institutions to receive the National Cancer Institute’s prestigious comprehensive cancer center designation in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has achieved Magnet status for excellence three consecutive times. Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research and oversees programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. For more information, call 1-888-FOX-CHASE (1-888-369-2427).